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In Brief

Ex-Paraguay leader convicted of graft
ASUNCION, Paraguay
Former Paraguay President Luis Gonzalez Macchi was convicted and sentenced to eight years in prison for concealing a Swiss bank account dating to his time in office that prosecutors said contained more than US$1 million, a tribunal announced.
Gonzalez Macchi, who served from March 1999 until August 2003, was taken into custody but vowed to appeal Monday's ruling, saying he felt "defrauded" by the justice system.
The three-judge tribunal announced in a televized ruling that it had convicted Gonzalez Macchi of illegal enrichment and providing false testimony about the Swiss account.
Nabbing 'Number 1'
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa
South Africa's most wanted criminal was shot and recaptured two weeks after he greased himself with petroleum jelly to squeeze out of the country's top security prison.
In the end, it was a private security guard, not police, who caught up with Annanias Mathe, a Mozambican awaiting trial on 51 charges including murder and rape.
Mathe stole a car in fitted with a tracking device, and the security company that had installed it followed with the help of a helicopter. Such devices are common in South Africa.
Mathe escaped from Pretoria's C-Max prison through a tiny cell window on November 18.
Embarrassed police launched a man hunt during which they shot and wounded a clergyman who had mistakenly been identified as the dangerous criminal.
Deadly U.S. winter
ST. LOUIS, Missouri
Temperatures stayed below freezing as hundreds of thousands waited for their electricity to be restored after a devastating winter storm that has been blamed for at least 19 deaths across the United States.
"This is not over. As long as the power is still out, there are still people at risk," said St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay on Monday.
The storm spread ice and deep snow from Texas to Michigan and then blew through the Northeast late Friday and early Saturday. Thousands of travelers were stranded by canceled flights, highways clogged by abandoned vehicles and stalled trains.
Arrested in Oaxaca
MEXICO CITY, Mexico
Mexican police arrested the symbolic leader of a six-month-long protest movement that took over southern Oaxaca city, hours after he gave a news conference saying he had come to the capital to start talks with the government.
Flavio Sosa, whose heavyset, bearded presence became an emblem of the leftist People's Assembly of Oaxaca, was arrested late Monday in Mexico City on charges of kidnapping, robbery, and causing damages and injuries, federal prosecutors said in a press statement. The allegations were apparently related to the barricades, vandalism and irregular detentions carried out by some protesters.
"Sosa ... is known for his use of violence, damaging private property and public byways, and also burning vehicles and buildings in Oaxaca City," prosecutors said.
Sosa was taken to a maximum security prison just west of Mexico City for arraignment. The facility that holds some of the nation's most dangerous prisoners.